Go Tina!

Apr. 7th, 2009 09:07 am
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I was expecting Bud, but this is better. :-)
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Battlestar Galatica has reached its conclusion. This was some of the most amazing television I've ever seen and I fell in love with the characters. From Papadama to President Laura "if I want to throw a baby out an airlock, I'll say so" Roslin, Daddy & Hero Helo and crazy, heart-breaking, heart-broken, star-crossed, kick-ass, can't-kill-me-til-I'm-done Kara Starbuck Thrace. Most especially Starbuck.

I cried over this show. I'm envisioning Mary McDonnell finally getting the Emmy I think she earned three years ago and every year since. Her performance as the teacher who became the Education Minister catapulted to the presidency by genocide, visionary and iron willed lady who helped humanity survive has occasionally made the little hairs on my arms stand on end. Watching her at the end, cancer riddled and dying, hobbling down the hall in her suit and wig so she could stand by her man was painful to watch because she made it so real.

One of the scenes that will never leave me happened this season. Again, it wasn't just acting. This is an actress who can surrender herself to her character so that the character is REAL. Your gut reacts, your heart speeds up, because she is so into her role that she takes you with her.

"Do you hear me? I will use every cannon, every bomb, every bullet, every weapon I have down to my own eyeteeth to end you. I swear it! I am coming for all of you!"

OMG ... it was intense! There is a rehash and picspam here for that scene. It doesn't do it justice. You need to see.... you need to HEAR her delivery. It was raw. And you don't doubt, for even one second, that dying and now in exile, that she is going to pull it off. No one doubts it. There are flaws in how the arc ends, but damn... it's an amazing set of episodes.

Starbuck. Too many thoughts and so much debate. But I think that's half of what made her great. She was passionate, driven, confused and conflicted. And in the end it made so much sense that the first person on the deck for Galatica's last stand was Starbuck. It was probably a one-way mission and who better to have with you than the Queen of Impossible Missions? How many times had she gone off, probably to die, and returned victorious? I can count three right off the top of my head. They couldn't kill her. You can't kill a force of nature. But when it's season is past, it leaves content so that the next season may have its time.

And so... it's ended. It took me a few days to sit down and watch the finale. If I didn't watch it, it wasn't over. I'm going to miss it.

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Ok. So it's not Wapsi Square. But it amuses me and it's BSG, so it's all good. :-)

It's also short. And contains spoilers if you aren't all caught up.


96 hours

Mar. 31st, 2008 09:07 pm
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... or thereabouts.

I'm not trusting the DVR to not frak this up, so I will be peeking to make sure everything is working and I'm not missing anything. This will likely be the first time I've turned the TV on for myself this year.

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Had a wonderful time at the concert last night. Managed to pick Brian up, get there, get parked and get seated without any hiccups, and we had great seats! A half-tier or so above the floor, so we were level with the stage, a good view over the heads of the people on the floor in front of us, and dead center.

As we entered we noticed one very hard to ignore detail: women were at least 3:1 with the guys. At least. And lots of them were my age or older. Brian looks at me, "Are you going to swoon. You know, just so I can be ready to catch you."

I laugh. Seriously. Can any of you see me swooning??

Now, the kicking myself part: I didn't bring my camera. I thought about it. I had it in my hand at one point, but in the end I didn't bring it. I went to one of the ushers and asked what the rules are for cameras now (since they're built into so many phones) and was told that I could bring in a camera so long as it wasn't "professional". So. My lovely Canon with the good zoom would have been okay (without the extra zoom lens). Dang. I promptly tripped turning on the metal stairs and stubbed my toe, which fit, because I was pretty annoyed with myself. Ah well. I'd have had such cool shots. *sigh*

The show was wonderful. Angelique Kidjo, a South African woman and her band opened and I liked them so much I bought the CD on the way out. Pity it doesn't do them, or her, justice. She is a dynamic performer with an amazing, Janis Joplin sort of raw, powerful voice. I think the CD plays it too 'safe'. I suppose to cross over to a wider audience, but I think they really sacrificed. If I see a live CD, I will grab that to see if it's better. She only did one song in English - a cover of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter" (which sounds a whole lot different when it has an African spin on it) but that didn't detract from my enjoying the music. Her percussionist was fantastic. He had a 5' or so space crammed with different drums and at one point his hands were a blur as he swung back and forth jammin'. On a gaming note: Jubilee sat up and took notice and got really loud. That is her sort of music.

I've caught Josh on TV in a few places and he seems like such a nice personable kid guy. On stage, he comes across just as well. A couple of little girls (about 10, a few younger) came up to the edge of the stage and he knelt down to talk to them, sign their programs and accept gifts. One little girl (about 4?) gave him Cheerios. He brought that up a couple of times, nicely joking because, it was funny (why Cheerios?) but he didn't say anything that might have hurt her feelings.

That voice. Wow. It really doesn't matter what language he's singing in, he's amazing. On stage with him were a violinist, Lucia Micarelli and cello player, Colette Alexander. Very talented ladies. During the 'break' they and the band played "Cashmere" by Led Zeppelin. Phenomenal.

Josh dashed back and forth on the stage a few times to dock sort of structures that put him right out in the audience. He sang, shook hands, held hands and made those ladies night! After "Cashmere" we could hear him, but it took a second for us all to follow the lights to the back of the arena. He came through the crowd (singing) shaking hands and while he had bouncer/body guards with him, it was all very personal and they didn't do more than make sure a barricade was out of his way before he got there. A few ladies almost knocked themselves out getting to that row, trying to reach out and touch him (I watched).

He sang a lot of stuff off the new CD, "You Are Loved", "So She Dances", "Machine", and some older songs like "You Raise Me Up" and "Remember When it Rained". There is very little that I hear that I would describe as magnificent, but this is it. This is the kind of music that fires the imagination. Sweeps you up. Carries you along. The kind of stuff you can get lost in.

Saturday in Albany isn't sold out .... and I'm very, very tempted to grab another show while I can.

For AoR folk: Rebma got juiced. Daphney laid claim to "So She Dances" and a Spanish song I don't know, I think it's Gauriel who raised a hand for "You Are Loved (Don't give up)" and a whole slew of scene ideas flooded the brain. Jill & Karen, since I didn't have enough PC's, you've joined the Rebma crew (since you're with Daph at the moment, it seemed natural).

And now I know which NPC probably isn't going to make it. I've waffled back and forth through different scenarios, but suddenly I can see the whole story arc. Now... to see how you guys beat the hell out of that. ;-)
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Folding laundry, miscellaneous thoughts floating through the head, when suddenly I was wondering if Tina is the woman who hit the back of the bus that hit Monica.


She was dead, but then there was some sort of fit Monica doesn't know about when the body vanished?

"...a bad car accident in Mexico..."
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Watching this relationship evolve has been a good part of Battlestar Galactica. There was all sorts of talk about this clip in one of the communities I clicked through to, but I only saved this link.



Mar. 17th, 2007 09:14 am
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I don't normally go on much about the TV shows I watch (there aren't many) but last week Battlestar Galactica had me fuming.

dunno who watches, who hasn't seen, who cares, so in case this gets spoilerish I'm tucking it behind a cut )


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